iNews reports that universities leaders are braced for a drop in the number of applicants as the higher education sector continues to be buffeted by shifting demographics and the impact of the Brexit vote.
Students had until 6pm yesterday (15th Jan) to submit their UCAS application forms to secure a place at university in time for the start of the 2018/19 academic year. But institutions were concerned as early indications suggested submissions ahead of the deadline were down on last year, with some estimations showing that student recruitment was down by as much as 5 per cent.
According to sources, the fall in applications is down to a range of factors, including a decrease in the number of 18 year olds in the UK. While a baby boom is currently working its way through the secondary system – having caused havoc to school places at primary level – it has yet to reach the HE sector.
Changes to funding to courses such as nursing has also had an impact to certain institutions as the number of nursing applications has significantly fallen away have also been blamed.
Universities are pinning hopes on students leaving it to the last minute before submitting their UCAS forms to gain an offer from institutions.
The sector’s leading intelligence service, the WonkHE website, stated that as of the end of last week some universities were seeing drops of more than 20 per cent on last year.
Such falls in students would leave institutions with a severe shortfall in funding, as universities rely on students’ tuition fees.
Read the full article UCAS: Universities braced for drop in student applications.
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